Sybille Bammer

Agassi takes final bow

WIMBLEDON, England -- It was still early afternoon, long before anyone could sense the impending doom to American tennis, when Andre Agassi walked off Centre Court for the last time, to a standing ovation that went on and on, as if the 14,000 applauding half-expected him to reappear for an encore.

He didn't return, and neither will any other U.S. man on a grim Saturday that will go down as one of the most ignominious afternoons at a Grand Slam that the United States once dominated.

Few expected Agassi to triumph over the rising brilliance of Rafael Nadal, who has shown in just one week here that he could be, perhaps even at this Wimbledon, a viable threat to Roger Federer's...